NFL coaches are always looking for ways to circumvent the rules. Not necessarily break the rules, but bend them to their advantage. Ravens coach John Harbaugh is no different. And by selecting Alabama DT Terrence Cody in the second round, Harbaugh believes he has found away around one of the basic precepts of the game.
“We think we found a way to get 13 players on the field finally on defense,” Harbaugh told NFL Network. “We’ve got those two guys you really count for two. Now we can play a bunch of linebackers behind them. … Ray Lewis is a happy man right now.
“We took Cody, we have Haloti [Ngata]. Those two guys are not just big guys but tremendous players.”
Cody is 6-foot-4, 354 pounds, and will be joined by Ngata who is listed at 6-4, 345. That would also be an imposing WWE tag team, too.
Harbaugh and the Ravens added Texas DE Sergio Kindle with their first pick in the second round. Talking to Texas coach Mack Brown who was on set, Harbaugh said that Kindle was at the top of the Ravens’ draft board on Day 2, and he was surprised that he was still available at pick No. 43. Then Harbaugh asked Brown if he would be able to drop Kindle into coverage.
Well of course you can if you have 13 players on the field, right?